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Brigade 7 Scope – Taking Aim at a Budget Automatic

Posted on 22 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

Brigade 7 Scope 01 I like finding good values in a watch, without resorting to too many compromises.  There are values to be had at all different price points, but at the entry level point, I find that you have to sacrifice more of what you would want to get a good value.  Enter a Kickstarter campaign for the Brigade 7 Scope watch, an automatic with a lot of features for a very low introductory price. Continue Reading

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Timex Weekender Deal at Amazon

Posted on 17 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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I just caught word of this Timex Weekender Deal over at Amazon, so I thought it was worth it to pass it along.  At $20 apiece (there are currently five varieties available), this is practically a no-thought purchase, especially if you’re looking for a weekend beater, or something affordable for a friend or family member.

You can see some of our Weekender reviews right here.

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Happy Fourth of July

Posted on 04 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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Once again, it’s time that those of us in the US of A commemorate the birth of our country with barbecue, beverages, and good ol’ blowing stuff up (aka fireworks).  Since it’s a holiday a good chunk of us are observing, there’s really no watch post for this fourth of July.

If you’ve got a hankering for some American-made watches, though, feel free to search through our archives to see what we’ve written about in the past.  Barring anything unforeseen, we’ll be back tomorrow with our normal schedule.

Keep safe, and have a happy Fourth of July.

 

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The Lew & Huey Acionna, Take III

Posted on 23 June 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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If you think you have seen the Acionna by Lew & Huey on our pages already, you would be correct.  I wrote up the Kickstarter project for the site back when I was still a “friend of the site,”  and Patrick had a chance to spend a little time with a prototype.  Now that they are in production, the company sent over a pair of watches for a final hands-on review. Continue Reading

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Watching the Web for June 21, 2014

Posted on 21 June 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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Welcome back to our weekly installment, Watching the Web, where we have a quick look at some interesting watches and articles that have popped up over the last week, as well as taking a second look at what some of our more popular articles this week were. Today, we’ve got a field watch buying guide, and a great editorial on timepieces, fathers, and responsibility.  After those, we’ll highlight (as usual) some of our more popular posts from the last week. Read on to see what we’ve got in store for you. Continue Reading

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Father’s Day and Watches – A Perfect Combination

Posted on 09 June 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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OK, in the words of Douglas Adams, Don’t Panic.  You still have a few days to get the dad(s) in your life a gift, thanks to WWW and fast shipping.  But what do you get, and is it going to break the bank?  Mmmm, maybe…  Here are a few ideas for last minute Father’s Day gifts based on things we have reviewed, or that we own or covet.  We’ll try not to go too deep down our fantasy wish list.

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The First thing we would throw out there as a gift for a dad with multiple automatic watches would be a watch winder.  Last year, Patrick reviewed the Kubik Winder, a Swiss-made watch winder that starts at about $460.  While very cool, most wouldn’t expect that as a gift.  Instead, Matt likes (and owns) an Accuratic Expandable Winder that was a holiday gift via Amazon from last year.  It is reliable, fairly quite, adjustable and large enough to hold modern watches easily.  At $69.95, it is reasonable, and it is also expandable if you want to add more down the line.

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Since we are a watch site, I would be remiss in not mentioning a few watch options, and we will do our best to keep them ‘reasonable.’  First, Patrick recently wrote up a very attractive Torgoen T5 GMT Swiss quartz watch.  He summed up his review by saying “…Torgoen did a good job here. Coming in at a price of $238, this isn’t a watch that feels cheap, and it’s a solid option for someone looking for an affordable GMT watch.”  You can of course check out the options on Amazon.  If you’d prefer to order directly from the brand, it looks like they’ve got a promotion going where you can get a free pair of Aviator glasses (a $59 value) if you place your order prior to June 16.

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If you have a SCUBA diver in the house, then the Orange Monster might be a perfect pick-up.  Available in more than just Orange, the monster is considered a “must have” for a lot of automatic watch collectors.  It is rugged, well made, bold, and a true divers watch.  It is also very affordable,  with a typical web price of around $200 (Amazon).

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If dad has a bit of the nerd residing in him, a digital watch from TokyoFlash might be a great option.  With this one, just be careful with the shipping, to ensure it’ll arrive on time.  We have reviewed quite a few of their watches, so you can see impressions regarding specific models, or check out their web site.  Their watches are very unique and quite reasonably priced.

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If geek is not the right tone for the day, how about a dress watch?  Christopher Ward (looks like the Father’s Day sale is over) is a favorite here, producing stylish and well made Swiss watches which are sold directly over the internet.  The C5 Malvern Slimline is a brand new watch, and since it is not shipping until the end of the month, you have a perfect excuse to slip dad a card and let him know that he is getting in on the ground floor of a new launch.  If that’s the case, you may also want to consider the new C65 Trident.

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Maybe dad has a number of watches already, or just one that he loves.  How about a new strap?  Changing the strap can really change the characteristics of a watch, making it more rugged, or dressier, going from modern to vintage, or even changing the wardrobe options available when you change colors.  Crown & Buckle is a well regarded manufacturer of high quality aftermarket straps.  Check out all the options on their web site.  If you’d prefer something a bit more custom made, check out Cloudy Sky Leather – we’ve been impressed with their quality and service.

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So what if you REALLY want to make his day special?  Well, there are lots of high end watches out there to choose from.  The one out of Matt’s reviews that he would most like to own is the Bremont MBII or MBIII.  We would say the MBI,but since I have never ejected from a fighter jet, let alone using a Martin Baker ejection seat, I am not qualified to own the MBI.

So there you have a few ideas from us.  I would love to hear from the readers to see what they get, or wish they would have received.  After all, just because you may not get it for Father’s Day, there are a few more gifting holidays.  Drop hints early and often.

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Happy Memorial Day

Posted on 26 May 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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Today in the United States, of course, it’s a day known as Memorial Day.  While military watches come and go (and we’ve reviewed quite a few here in the past), I’m still of a mind to focus in on a particular type of watch that spent a lot of time on the battlefield in the days gone by.  That watch is, of course, the trench watch.  While you won’t find them being carried in our military today, they were definitely in heavy use in the past.  For more on this topic (as well as some new ones being made today), check out our post from a year ago.

While the styling is certainly unique, and not for everyone these days, they certainly do have an interesting appeal – especially if you’ve had one handed down to you from your dad or grandfather.  For the rest of us, you’ll be looking for a “new” trenchwatch.  For those, you can see what Doughboy has on offer right here.

Once you’re done with your reading, get out and enjoy the day – and be thankful for our freedoms that so many have sacrificed for.

 

 

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Hands-On With The Devon Tread 2 “Shiny” Edition

Posted on 20 May 2014 by John Biggs

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Ohhh… shiny! The Devon Tread has been an object of much fascination over the years and the launch of the Tread 2 has proven that the company can actually deliver on their promises. I’m pleased to say that the $10,000 Tread 2 is the coolest watch I’ve worn in a long time and I’m even willing to overlook the quartz motors and built-in computers and say “Yeah, buy this thing if you can.”

That’s saying a lot. First off, this guy is about $10,000 for a rechargeable quartz watch that is actually more of a computer. The motors are controlled by a built-in chip and the sole button and two-way actuator are the only way to control the time and features. The watch only has a chronograph and seconds display for those who want a bit more meat. That said, the watch is a feast for the eyes and arguably a conversation-starter.
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